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From bite-size art history to bank holiday activities

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How long have you got?

We can't wait to open our doors again. In the meantime, we're committed to providing the very best art inspiration straight to your inbox. This week, we've rounded up a selection of our best videos, blogs and podcasts for your long weekend art escape.

So, whether you're after bite-size art history over a cup of coffee, or you have a productive and creative afternoon to fill... we've got your bank holiday weekend covered. From all of us at the RA, to you: enjoy!

Got a minute

In 60-seconds: Shonibare's Cheeky Little Astonomer

"Looking into the stars, there’s something aspirational, forward-looking and magical about the piece.” Uncover the multicultural influences in Royal Academician, Yinka Shonibare's sculpture.

In 60-seconds: Meredith Frampton's Still Life

A tape measure, stone head and wild flowers... This mysterious painting is full of contrasting symbolism. Discover more in this bite-sized video. 

Got an hour

Learn something new with RA podcasts

Catch up on recordings of events celebrating our 2018 exhibition, Charles I: King and Collector, which reunited the extraordinary art collection of Charles I.

Go behind the scenes with Exhibition on Screen

In case you missed it, we recently shared a sneak peek into the making of two Hockney exhibitions here at the RA: A Bigger Picture from 2012 and 82 Portraits and One Still-Life from 2016.

For the weekend

10 art novels to escape with

Settle in for our top ten novels inspired by art and artists.

Fancy some more art-inspired media to while away the weekend? Why not try our pick of the 10 artist movies to stream.

Time to start that creative project?

Michael Craig Martin is the artist who nurtured talents including Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. Get inspired with his advice for aspiring artists.

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Images:

Yinka Shonibare RA, Cheeky Little Astronomer, 2013 (detail). Fibre glass life-sized mannequin, dutch wax printed cotton textile, leather, resin, chair, globe and telescope. 1230 mm x 470 mm x 900 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Steve White. 

Meredith Frampton RA, Still-life, 1932 (detail). Oil on canvas. 102 mm x 815 mm x 25 mm. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: John Hammond.

Anthony van Dyck, Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel, c.1620–1621 (detail). Oil on canvas. 1026 mm × 797 mm. Photo courtesy of Getty's Open Content Program.

David Hockney Painting "Winter Timber" in Bridlington, July 2009 (detail) © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

Norman Blamey RA, Spring and the Student, 1974/1975 (detail). Oil on board. 1680 mm x 1385 mm. © Royal Academy of Arts. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Michael Craig-Martin in his studio, 2014 . Photo © 2014 Caroline True

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